China's Xi Jinping has made a crackdown on corruption a cornerstone of his presidency (photo: dpa)

Xi Jinping seeks a place in history as China’s great reformer

Reform, often preceded by the purposefully vague phrase ‘comprehensively deepening’, is one of the most picked apart words in China. Discussions on reform, whether political, economic or social, have intensified since November 15, 2012, the day Xi Jinping, son of Communist Party stalwart Xi Zhongxun (making him a princeling, or descendant of a senior party leader), ascended to the country’s presidency. GIS guest expert Cameron Frecklington examines what lies behind President Xi’s obsession with reform.

XI JINPING is best known for two things. One is his ongoing ‘tigers and flies’ campaign against government corruption - ‘tigers’ being high-ranking officials, ‘flies’ the more numerous ...

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Any future reforms, however, are likely to be incremental at best, and privatisation of state-owned enterprises and other such radical changes may take longer than expected
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